MONTGOMERY, Ala. (May 7) — Wal-Mart Associates Inc. said it will not appeal a $4 million judgment by an Alabama jury that decided the retail giant was negligent in not detecting a tire problem that a woman alleges led to her rollover accident and subsequent paralysis.
A Wal-Mart spokesman said the firm disagrees with the decision but respects the judgment in favor of Carolyne Thorne, whose Ford Expedition rolled over in April 2004.
A few days before the accident, Thorne brought her vehicle to her local Wal-Mart for routine service. The lawsuit charged that Wal-Mart technicians should have noticed that the left rear tire, a General Grabber AW, had been subject to a recall two years before, and that it had a suspicious bulge indicating tread separation.
Continental Tire North America Inc. and Ford Motor Co. settled with Thorne before the case went to trial.